Beau Travail

Beau Travail

A FILM BY: Claire Denis
WRITTEN BY: Claire Denis, Jean-Pol Fargeau
STARRING: Denis Lavant, Michel Subor, Grégoire Colin

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With her ravishingly sensual take on Herman Melville’s Billy Budd, Sailor, Claire Denis firmly established herself as one of the great visual tone poets of our time. Amid the azure waters and sunbaked desert landscapes of Djibouti, a French Foreign Legion sergeant (Denis Lavant) sows the seeds of his own ruin as his obsession with a striking young recruit (Grégoire Colin) plays out to the thunderous, operatic strains of Benjamin Britten. Denis and cinematographer Agnès Godard fold military and masculine codes of honor, colonialism’s legacy, destructive jealousy, and repressed desire into shimmering, hypnotic images that ultimately explode in one of the most startling and unforgettable endings in all of modern cinema.

In French with English subtitles

“[Denis’] visual style is hypnotic, rapturous, and she makes barren landscapes look gorgeous, hard men look vulnerable.” — Entertainment Weekly
 
“A masterpiece.” — Chicago Reader
 
“As much poem as film. It requires patience, which it rewards at every languid turn.” — Dallas Morning News

Technical Information

Production Year: 1999
Country of Origin: France
Language: French
Run Time: 93 mins
Format: Digital